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Grant Broadcasters pulls “misleading” Clive Palmer ads

Thursday 10 June, 2021

Grant Broadcasters has pulled a high rotation campaign for Clive Palmer’s United Australia Party after the material was found to be “misleading” by the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA). 

On its website, The TGA states: The Therapeutic Goods Administration is seriously concerned about misleading information, authorised by Mr Clive Palmer that has recently been broadcast on radio stations in the Grant Broadcasters Radio network and which provides an incorrect picture of the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.
 
At issue is that the UAP ads suggest that over 200 Australians had died as a result of being vaccinated for COVID-19.

As the TGA explains: About 160,000 people die in Australia every year - almost 3000 each week - and therefore it is quite expected that there have been some deaths reported within days or a few weeks of vaccination. However, it has found only one case where an individual with vaccine related thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome (TTS) or any other related condition has passed away.

The TGA goes on to emphasise that: Public figures have a responsibility to be factual and to not to undermine our health through spreading misleading information. The head of the TGA, Adjunct Professor John Skerritt has written to both Mr Palmer and the CEO of the Grant Broadcasters Radio network to remind them of this responsibility.

In a statement today, Grant Broadcasters responded: "Our radio stations strongly support their local communities and that includes fully supporting initiatives that keep our community safe, like the federal and state government COVID-19 vaccination programs.


 

 


 


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Anthony The Koala
10 June 2021 - 7:36pm
I like to thank the author of the article averting the reader to the TGA's site in regards to the recent article by the TGA on an advertising campaign misleading the public about the numbers of adverse events related to both the Pfizer and Astra Zeneca vaccines, https://www.tga.gov.au/media-release/misleading-radio-messages-about-covid-19-vaccine-safety.

The TGA produces weekly safety reports on side effects on all medications. The following is an example of a weekly report as at 10-06-2021, https://www.tga.gov.au/periodic/covid-19-vaccine-weekly-safety-report/current .

Reports of side-effects of medications are updated as new evidence is reported.

You can trust the TGA for all medications that are prescribed and/or sold in Australia. It is the authority.

If you want knowledge on adverse effects on particular medications, the TGA has a database of adverse event notifications at https://apps.tga.gov.au/PROD/DAEN/daen-report.aspx .

Whatever side effects with whatever medication or combination of medications, search the database. BUT IMPORTANTLY, consult your concerns with an evidence-based Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) -registered medical practioner, pharmacist and/or other AHPRA-registered practitioner.

Don't consult with online quacks and conspiracy people.

Having said that, I have two concerns about the medical authorities reporting the risk at press conferences and when interviewed on radio. I will also make a remark made by media commentators on various lockdown policies by the states.

First, we constantly hear of the very minute odds of extreme medical events such as the recent passing of a 52-year-old patient. Talk back callers have remarked "...it was nothing, a small sore, I'm 79..." or "...I was tired for a day ...".

We've also seen and heard celebrities such as radio and television presenters taking the "jab" and surviving in order to encourage the public to get vaccinated.

Whatever we do in life, there is always a risk associated with the activity. Walking to the shops, driving a car, having an operation, taking other kinds of medications.

The probability of each kind of activity is variable. The risk of sympatheteic opthalmia for a particular eye operation is one in fourteen thousand as per the 1992 High Court Case Rogers v Whitaker. The risk of dying on the operating table from a choleocystectomy is 0.5%. The risk of not taking the operation is much higher as the patient may die of sepsis.

Then the risk of clots from consuming the contraceptive pill whether for therapeutic or contraceptive purposes is two in ten thousand, https://www.tga.gov.au/alert/combined-hormonal-contraceptives. The latter risk is much higher than taking the vaccine.

It appears that people are prepared to take a particular medication with a higher risk of an adverse condition than the vaccine.

Thus, the magnitude of the adverse risk plays no part in deciding whether to take a procedure or medication especially if the risk is extremely minute.

Consequently, despite the authorities saying that the adverse risk of after taking the vaccine is very small, I believe that the authorities may well be playing the risk down no matter how true the minuteness of the risk.

There may well be a thesis in perception and irrelevance of the magnitude of risk in taking a particular medication and/or procedure. That is beyond the scope of this essay.

Consequently the medical authorities and media presenters must address the need to take the medication other than the small odds of an adverse reaction because people may not understand the magnitude of the risk.

I believe in the backs of minds of many people, are that "...I don't want to be the unlucky person who takes the medication and has an adverse effect..."

It may well be that people are making a well-informed decision based on the evidence but feel that they don't want to be the unlucky person who gets an extreme adverse event as exemplified by the death of a 52-year-old patient after taking the vaccine.

Remember the patient in the Rogers v Whitaker 1992 High Court case was not informed. Had the patient been informed of the one in fourteen thousand of developing sympatethic opthalmia, the patient may not have had the procedure, Rogers v Whitaker, (1992) 175 CLR 479, 19 November 1992, reference https://jade.io/article/67721 . The patient did not want to be the one in fourteen thousand had the patient been informed of the risk.

It may well be that people know the risk and either proceed with taking the medication or procedure OR don't feel unlucky.

The media may assist in the matter by asking the authorities which candidates are suitable or unsuitable for the vaccine and if there is ANY research on tests for suitability for a particular medication or procedure.

Finally when it comes to various state's policies on lockdowns it may not be as simple as saying the lockdown policies in WA and Victoria were damaging the economy and The Hon. Gladys Berejiklian in NSW is correct.

We may not be privy to the data held by the various state authorites. The Federal Government has controlled the number of people who can fly in and out of Australia. Australia is effectively a moat surrounded by water.

The Prime Minister is not in a hurry to open up Australia to more flights unless it is safe to do so , refs https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-05-09/scott-morrison-australia-coronavirus-international-borders-shut/100127142 and https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-18/scott-morrison-no-hurry-open-australian-borders-to-travel/100077086 .

Many commentators do not understand that various strains of the covid virus have different rates of infection and the aggressiveness of the infection. From a year 12 maths book, we learn that virus infections expand exponentially.

Already the authorities in NSW are concerned about a breach of lockdown of a couple in Victoria,

refs:
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-10/queensland-coronavirus-melbourne-woman-tests-positive-caloundra/100201286

https://www.smh.com.au/national/dozens-fined-for-covid-19-breaches-as-couple-s-right-to-travel-probed-20210610-p57zts.html

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/coronavirus-australia-live-news-victorian-lockdown-to-end-friday-but-restrictions-to-remain/news-story/537bf31c08ec2bf1a526a9f32ed7f561.

The oxymorinic thinking of the commentators is that they criticise the severe lockdowns in Victoria, yet they are concerned about the spread of the virus in NSW and Qld from the Victorian couple infected with the "Delta" breaching the so-called draconian Victorian lockdown.

The couple breached the Victorian state's locdown directive, the media commentators criticise the breach, and at the same time are concerned about the possible spread of infections in NSW and Qld.

There is a very good reason for the lockdown in Victoria as the particular strain detected is the "Delta" strain which is 40% more transmissible than other strains, https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-06/delta-covid-19-variant-40-per-cent-more-transmissible/100194476

Consequently, the "Delta"-infected couple may have risk spreading the disease to NSW and Qld.

Media commentators cannot condemn the lockdown policy in Victoria while being concerned about a breaching Victorian couple inadvertendly spreading the virus. The NSW authorities are definitely concerned which means spending extra resources to monitor and control.

Thank you,
Anthony of exciting, critical and oxymoronic detection, Belfield
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